Chargers add another comeback win

With five San Diego Chargers starters out on Sunday, the Bolts still managed to do enough to secure a 21-14 win – but it wasn't easy. Down seven in the third quarter, San Diego scored 14 unanswered points.

The Bolts had just 55 yards of total offense in the first half while Oakland gained 157 and San Diego had more punts (4) than first downs (3), holding the ball for eight minutes and 39 seconds during the 30-minute half. Yet, the game was tied at 7-7.

The Oakland Raiders got on the board first with a one-yard touchdown run from ReShard Lee to cap a 70-yard drive. Quentin Jammer added an assist with a pass interference penalty on an uncatchable ball that cost San Diego 24 yards.

Antonio Cromartie, in for the inactive Michael Turner, returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards to the Oakland 12-yard line. Two plays later, LaDainian Tomlinson had his 23rd touchdown of the year.

Stephen Cooper's blown coverage allowed Aaron Brooks to hit a wide open John Madsen along the left sidelines and Madsen took it 57 yards down to the two. On the next play, Brooks hit Madsen for the touchdown – the first of his NFL career – and a 14-7 lead.

The Chargers converted a Quentin Jammer interception deep in their zone into a touchdown when LaDainian Tomlinson received a toss right and instead of running the ball he threw it to a wide open Antonio Gates for a 19-yard touchdown and tie game, Tomlinson's second passing touchdown of the year. The drive featured a strange fourth down conversion that saw Vincent Jackson throw an illegal forward pass after the reception.

After forcing a three-and-out, Tomlinson broke free for a 44-yard run to set the Bolts up deep in Oakland territory. The star back completed what he started with a ten-yard touchdown run to give San Diego their first lead of the game. It was the only one they needed.

Drayton Florence intercepted a fourth down pass to seal the victory.

SD Super Chargers Top Stories